15 May 2012

Namibia: Armed Robbers Hit Oshikango

TWO security guards and a civilian have been shot and wounded during an armed robbery at a shop in the Chinese Plaza shopping complex at Oshikango on Saturday morning.

Ohangwena regional crime coordinator Abner Agas, who confirmed the incident to The Namibian, said three young men armed with knives arrived at the shop, locked the door from inside and ordered all those who were in to keep quiet. There were two Angolan national customers, the owner of the shop (a Chinese man) and his workers. The men than took money from tellers, a laptop and cellphones, including those of some workers.

They then opened the door and fled in different directions.

A security guard, who was outside, chased one of the three men and fired in the air.

While running the man took out his 9mm pistol and fired towards the guard whom he hit in the upper-right arm.

Another security guard, who was guarding another shop, saw his colleague chasing the man and joined him. He was also struck on the upper left arm by one of the bullets from the man's gun.

Some members of the public who saw the episode also helped with the chase, caught the suspect and took the law into their own hands by starting to beat him.

The Police later arrived on the scene and arrested the man.

The two security guards were taken to the Engela District Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Commissioner Agas said security guard Jonas Sheendongula, who was hit first sustained serious wounds and was transferred to the Oshakati State Hospital immediately. The other guard Gabriel Amunyela as well as a woman, Olivia Hamutenya, were treated at Engela Hospital.

Agas said the men reportedly got away with N$22 800. The police have recovered N$22 490, the laptop and some cellphones, found in Oshipwatapwata informal settlement in Oshikango.

The 9mm pistol was also recovered. Two of the suspects were still at large and the Police, who know them, were still looking.

Agas called on the public to assist the police in tracing the two men, so that they can be arrested and brought before the court.

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